15.394 Designing and Leading the Entrepreneurial Organization

Spring 2003

A workflow diagram.
Work flow diagram. (Image courtesy of Jonathan Natiuk.)

Course Highlights

This course includes detailed lecture notes that correspond to each session's readings and material. A description of the required student projects is also included.

Course Description

This subject is about building, running, and growing an organization. Subject has four central themes:

  • How to think analytically about designing organizational systems
  • How leaders, especially founders, play a critical role in shaping an organization's culture
  • What really needs to be done to build a successful organization for the long-term and
  • What one can do to improve the likelihood of personal success.

Not a survey of entrepreneurship or leadership; subject addresses the principles of organizational architecture, group behavior and performance, interpersonal influence, leadership and motivation in entrepreneurial settings. Through a series of cases, lectures, readings and exercises students develop competencies in organizational design, human resources management, leadership and organizational behavior in the context of a new, small firm.

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Prof. Diane Burton

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session